The group wakes up to discover they are in cryo tubes in the middle of some calamity. Almost immediately, they are attacked by armed guards. The guards are quickly subdued.
The groups works out they are on a cargo freighter in the middle of a pirate raider attack. Two of their number have perished. Lenin, the Boar hybrid, didn’t make it out of the tube. A piece of metal shattered the glass of his tube and killed him. Doug, the Rabbit hybrid, apparently grabbed a laser rifle when he exited the tube and attracted the first (and only) shot from the armed guard, killing him instantly.
The group works out there are escape pods nearby. They take the guards with them to the engineering section. There, they force a tech to download a copy of the ship’s manifest onto a memory ring. They exit the ship in a pod, taking one of the guards, a Donovan Jones, with them.
The manifest lists some 25,000 items. Many with few if any details. However, OmniPet is listed as having “Five (5) subjects, live” headed for the Saturn Military Collective. Apparently, they had been sold as slaves to the Saturn Military.
The group removes their implanted tracking devices. The pod lands in a wilderness swamp on Venus.
After a nap. Napoleon leads the group through the woods. Along the way, they are stalked by a large lizard like creature. Myari shoots the creature and then prepares it for the groups’ consumption with local herbs. After more napping, the group is threatened by a party of four human males. The group is able to hide as the males head off toward the downed pod.
Napoleon is able to lead the group to the human’s camp; a simple collection of tarp shelters, a fire and a beat-up ground speeder. Jocelyn is chosen to pilot the speeder away from the camp and out of the woods. The group speeds into the outskirts of the main Venusian colony at New Milan.
The group abandon the vehicle and search for information on what is going on as well as possible work and shelter. A local news printer gives them the fact that a cargo ship was attacked in Venus orbit, but no details beyond this. A job posting for a near-by pub catches Myari’s eye. When she and Jocelyn walk into the “Dew Drop Inn”, they are instantly hired as exotic dancers by the proprietor, Happy Harry. Napoleon pulls the proprietor aside and is able to secure a job as janitor. Even Donovan picked up a few shifts bouncing.
Harry offers you discounted rooms in his no-tell motel a block from the joint. The rooms are disgusting but at least they are inexpensive!